Getting Our Heads Out of the Clouds: A Sermon for Ascension Sunday, May 12, 2013

Churches, and their clergy, have sometimes been accused of being out of touch with the real world. Karl Marx called religion the “opiate of the people” because he believed it made us ignore the pains and injustices of the world and look to a pie-in-the-sky heaven when this life is over. And even today you hear plenty of people talking about how Christians are too focused on the next life, and not focused enough on this one. They might even say we have our heads in the clouds. Sometimes they’re right. I’ve talked before about how after seminary I did … Continue reading Getting Our Heads Out of the Clouds: A Sermon for Ascension Sunday, May 12, 2013

Don’t Say I’m Just a Kid: Sermon for February 3, 2013 (Scout Sunday)

I entered seminary right after I graduated from college, when I was still 21 years old. And that summer I was called to my first meeting with the committee that would later decide whether or not to ordain me as a minster. I was really nervous, because I was sure I would get asked some sort of confusing theological question, or I’d be asked to recite the books of the Bible or something. I had no idea what to expect. I the end, the meeting went well. No curveball questions. No unfair expectations. But the committee said they had one … Continue reading Don’t Say I’m Just a Kid: Sermon for February 3, 2013 (Scout Sunday)